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Design of the Response File Category Subject

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114714D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 108K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Blair, GR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a design for creating category objects that act as intelligent containers for response file objects associated with both workstations and applications. The burdens on network administrators have been rapidly growing both in volume and in complexity. Chief among them is the need for administrators to easily plan and execute the installation and configuration of software products on workstations across a LAN. The design of the category object can be used with any network planning, installation, and configuration program.

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Design of the Response File Category Subject

      Disclosed is a design for creating category objects that act as
intelligent containers for response file objects associated with both
workstations and applications.  The burdens on network administrators
have been rapidly growing both in volume and in complexity.  Chief
among them is the need for administrators to easily plan and execute
the installation and configuration of software products on
workstations
across a LAN.  The design of the category object can be used with any
network planning, installation, and configuration program.

      This disclosure assumes that with a network planning,
installation, and configuration program, the administrator can use a
variety of objects to plan an installation or configuration rollout
of applications to workstations on a network.  With this program and
its objects, the network administrator can divide workstation objects
into group objects, as well as create application objects
representing products that the administrator wishes to install or
configure on the workstations.  These products can include OS/2* 2.1
and LAN Server.  An application object can contain zero or more
category objects and each category can contain one or more response
file objects.

      The existence of category objects helps to delineate different
types of response files for an application by allowing the
administrator to organize the response file per application
installation or configuration action.  For example, with an
installation or configuration program for an application, different
actions may be executed, such as:
  -  Installation
  -  Configuration
  -  Removal
  -  Reinstallation

      Note that an application can combine the installation and
configuration program into one.  An action, such as reinstallation,
could involve removal, installation, and configuration.

      Administrators can combine workstation group and application
objects to create an install plan object.  Depending on the action of
the application, one or more category objects are available for
administrators to further customize the response files that are part
of the category object.

      For example, if category X contained response files related to
the installation of application A and category Y contained response
files related to the configuration of application A, and if the
action was installation only, category X would be available for the
administrator to view and manipulate its response file objects for
application A in the install plan.  Administrators have the
additional flexibility of customizing the response files for all the
workstation groups in the install plan or for specific workstations
in each group.

      To create category objects, administrators can drag and drop a
category template object onto an application object.  The category
object c...